other: below is a link to a free ebook by
saville 1906, describing digs at manabi ecuador. this ancient culture
occupied the coast, south of esmeraldas, and north of the chimu.
the most interesting feature in
that region was the great number of stone corals. within these were often
found stone chairs, sometimes in a circle around a stone table. maybe the
corals were the walls of homes.
the culture was advanced, but not as
far as its neighbors. they had pottery, textiles, as shown by many spindle
whorls, and some metalurgy.
the advanced state of decay of the
bones, suggests to me a date earlier than 1000 bce. as usual, our lads
applied a more recent date.
the stone chairs were carried to the
colonial cities by early governors, leaving only broken ones insitu.
well structures were found, but
unlikely used for burials, as suggested by de leon. more likely used for
food storage. mounds were used for burials.
another ebook is available, that
discusses the ornamentation of teeth by gold inlays, by this culture.
The antiquities of Manabi, Ecuador: final report
By Marshall Howard Saville